Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana

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Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana
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Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Batticaloa District
In office
August 19, 1994 – June 23, 2004
Succeeded by Mohamed Musthaffa
Chairman of Eravur Urban Council
Assumed office
17 March 2011
Personal details
Born (1956-06-25) June 25, 1956 (age 58)
Eravur, Sri Lanka
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
United National Party
Residence Eravur, Sri Lanka
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni, Sufi Islam

Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana (born 25 June 1956) is a Sri Lankan politician. He has been politically active since 1988, and was Member of Parliament under the United National Party from August 19, 1994 until his resignation on June 23, 2004. He resigned due to controversy surrounding his assistance in bringing members of the LTTE, including Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, to Colombo.[1] Moulana previous worked as Minister of Economic Development at the Embassy of Sri Lanka to the United States.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Moulana grew up in Eravur he attended St. Michael’s College Batticalo.[2]

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan[edit]

In 2004, Moulana was contacted by members of the LTTE who asked him to arrange passage for Muralitharan to Colombo and then on to another foreign country. Moulana agreed to do so on what he described as compassionate grounds.[2] However, Moulana also revealed the information to the leaders of his political party; later, they arranged for Muralitharan to be taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Army.[2] As a result of his working with the LTTE (then designated a terrorist organization), Moulana resigned.[1] Moulana left the country later in the year after having received death threats, and did not return until 2009.[3]

Eravur Urban Council[edit]

Since March 2011 Moulana was elected as Chairman of Eravur Urban Council. Eravur Urban Council is responsible for providing a variety of local public services including roads, sanitation, drains, housing, libraries, public parks and recreational facilities.


  1. ^ a b Jayasuriya, Ranga (27 June 2004). "The Karuna affaire". The Sunday Observer. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Colonel Karuna Amman’s Journey to Colombo: Flipside story of Ali Zahir Moulana’s revelation". Asian Tribune. 25 June 2004. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Former UNP MP Ali Zahir Moulana returns to Sri Lanka to support President". ColomboPage. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2013.